Samsung Galaxy smartphones will be able to lend their cameras to laptops and desktop computers in lieu of a standard webcam thanks to an impending upgrade to Link to Windows.
A new feature on the Galaxy Book 4 series from Samsung and Microsoft will be unveiled this week at CES 2024. It lets users use their phone’s camera as a webcam on a Windows computer.
Samsung has long provided strong integration with Microsoft’s Link to Windows service, which powers this capability. The camera on a Galaxy phone may be used in all the same applications as a regular webcam when linked, including Microsoft Teams.
Notably, the compatibility requirements are extremely minimal. According to Samsung, the feature is compatible with Galaxy phones running Android 9 or later and One UI 1.0 and higher. That might make older Samsung phones a little more useful.
When the feature will be further released is unknown.